Reality Check with Spence Checketts

Reality Check with Spence Checketts

Join Spence Checketts as he sits down with NBA players, coaches and front office executives for in-depth conversations about the league, the game, and life.


April 15, 2022 75 mins
The Athletic's Tony Jones and the Salt Lake Tribune's Andy Larsen join Spence in-studio on the eve of the NBA Playoffs...

- A look back on the regular season
- Locker room vibe check
- Jazz vs Mavs series preview
- Quin scolds Andy
- Tony has takes, Andy pushes back with facts
- Is this the last dance? What changes will off season bring?
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- Succession Power Rankings
- Creating content/balancing coverage in modern SLC market
- Donovan’s pod with Haynes
- Don’s community voice
- All-Woman broadcast of Jazz vs GSW
- Progress towards diversity in SLC?
- Who was JP’s better boss: Aaron or Spence?
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The Reality Check Roundtable returns with Spence, Julian Carr and Reece Peck

- Pro Skier/Extreme athlete Julian Carr
- Author/Professor Reece Peck
- Misinformation > bad behavior
- How to find accurate news
- Rise of cable/social media
- Utah's evolution as a state
- Favorite lie you were told growing up
+ more
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The fellas join Spence to discuss....

- RSL 2021 season
- Offseason preview
- Analyzing the roster
- Potential offseason moves
- Rusnak/Other negotiations
- Club ownership update
+ more
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- Utah Football's response to tragedy
- Bronco's return vs BYU
- David vs Goliath in CFB
- Ryan Smith's love letter to Donovan
- White men dominating the local airwaves
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The Athletic's Chris Kamrani and the Trib's Aaron Falk join Spence for an hour long roundtable discussion...

- Spence and the "Big Show"
- Gordon Monson on BYU/LGBT
- BYU and the Big 12
- European soccer is back!
- MLS is a hard watch
- CK loves Puddle of Mud
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- NFL/SEC send strong message on vaccination
- Are we headed for a fall with more restrictions?
- Amy records pod with Utah AD Mark Harlan
- Diversity(lack thereof) in media
- Utahans on the clock w/ Donovan Mitchell
- Fighting dangerous misinformation/propaganda
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Chris Kamrani(The Athletic) and Aaron Falk(SL Trib) join Spence in-studio for another roundtable discussion on Reality Check...

- Falk's new gig with the Trib
- Utah Jazz season review
- Ryan Smith's first offseason
- Have we learned from bad fan behavior?
- Euro 2020 / USMNT
- RSL off to strong start
+ more
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CK and Amy join Spence in-studio for part 6 of their round-table discussions....

- Community pulse since election
- Disputing vaccine conspiracies
- Chauvin verdict reaction
- Dealing with online trolls
- Sunshine and tacos make Chris happy
- Amy's looming projects
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In Episode 10...

- Javier Morales
- Tony Beltran
- Freddy Juarez era begins
- New young talent starts to find footing
- MLS season interrupted due to COVID
- Player protest first game back at Rio Tinto
- Del Loy X96 interview fall out
- What comes next?
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Spence Checketts is joined by RSL originals Brian Dunseth and Trey Fitz-Gerald for The Comprehensive History of Real Salt Lake, a multi-part series on Reality Check…

- Nick Rimando
- Kyle Beckerman
- Petke takes over for Cassar
- Promising start, disastrous finish for Petke
- Waibel rebuilds
- Birth of Royals/Monarchs
- Dunny is mad that Corey Baird scored a goal
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In episode 8...

- Jeff Cassar interview
- End of Cassar era
- Craig Waibel takes over
- Truth behind Javier Morales departure
- Old guard to the new
- Cassar's first comments since RSL firing
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In episode 7.....

- Chris Kamrani interview(Former RSL beat writer) 
- Transition from Kreis to Cassar
- Final year under Garth Lagerway(GM) 
- Gordon Monson(SL Trib) credential pulled
- Which iteration of RSL was the best(?)
- An awkward ending between Dunny and Cassar
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- Chris Wingert interview
- Jason Kreis to Jeff Cassar
- First year under DLH
- A rivalry born with Sporting KC
- MLS Cup loss to KC
- Final year under Lagerway
- Dunny the GM???
+ more
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- Sit-down with RSL interim President John Kimball
- Kimball's return to Real Salt Lake
- Andy Williams departure
- Dell Loy Hansen legacy
- Vision of Dave Checketts
- The 'RSL Way' 
- Future Expectations 
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- Latest on Andy Williams/RSL fallout
- Dave Checketts > Dell Loy Hansen
- Hansen tenure
- What's next for new ownership
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- Clint Mathis chat
- Defending MLS cup
- Best team in RSL history
- 2013 heartbreak
- Rivalry w/ Sporting KC
- Kreis era
+ more
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- A big announcement from Amy
- The art of interviewing
- Kamrani, blue whales and Bill Walton
- NBA mandates National Anthem to be played.
- Amy’s dad makes us feel soft
- Jazz are good. Spence thinks that’s fun.
- Spence regurgitate CK’s hot takes, apologizes.
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In Episode 3...

- Interview with Garth Lagerway
- 2009 MLS Cup title
- Roster Construction
- Playoff run
- Rimando heroics
- "Team is the star" vs "team of stars"
+ more
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In Episode 2:

- 1 hour interview with Jason Kreis 
- Real Salt Lake / Real Madrid duo
- Real Salt Lake vs Real Madrid(2006)
- Dave Checketts and David Beckham put gold shovel in ground, stadium appears
- Battle to build the RioT
- Ellinger/Pastorino to Kreis/Lagerway leadership 
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